Cover Crop Benefits and Challenges in Kentucky

Project Type: Graduate Student
Funds awarded in 2019: $16,447.00
Projected End Date: 08/31/2021
Grant Recipient: University of Kentucky
Region: Southern
State: Kentucky
Graduate Student:
Major Professor:
Hanna Poffenbarger
University of Kentucky
A cover crop is a plant species that is grown between cash crops primarily to provide cropping system services rather than to produce a harvestable product. Benefits provided by cover crops include soil health improvement, soil conserva-tion, nutrient release and capture, and weed suppression. However, li ke any management practice, cover crops also have challenges and limitations. This pub-lication is intended to provide an overview of cover crop use in Kentucky and the challenges and benefits of this practice.
Dan Quinn, University of Kentucky
Hanna Poffenbarger, University of Kentucky
Chad Lee, University of Kentucky
Target audiences:
Farmers/Ranchers; Educators; Researchers
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.